First of all, protecting my toothbrush from germs while traveling has never been on my priority list. Gross, right? I’ve always just tossed my toothbrush into a plastic baggie and into my cosmetic case and on I went. I recently connected with a rep from IntelliDent® to have me check out their disposable toothbrush shields and I’m actually surprised by how much I’ve been using them.
An IntelliDent® Toothbrush Shield wicks moisture and is good for up to seven days. They are completely breathable, quick drying and pretty much act like a surgical mask for your toothbrush. Why would a toothbrush need a surgical mask, you ask? Read the disgusting facts below and you’ll know why…
The Yucky Truth:
A toothbrush is at risk for contamination if stored in a shared cup with other brushes or enclosed in a dark space (i.e. a cosmetic bag, medicine cabinet, etc.) – both are breeding grounds for germs. Worse yet is putting your toothbrush within close proximity to a toilet. Flushing a toilet releases a fine mist of airborne droplets that settle on surfaces within a 6 foot radius. (ewww!) This mist can contain E. coli and many other harmful bacteria.
Plastic toothbrush covers retain moisture and constrict airflow making them a hotbed for bacteria. The Center for Disease Control discourages the use of plastic covers.
IntelliDent Toothbrush Shields block bacterial and viral contact through superior filtration efficiency and prevent bacterial growth with rapid absorption and air filtration. It has been laboratory tested to be 99.9% effective against airborne and surface bacteria.
Bonus: a 10-pack is only $4.29 (two+ month supply) – available Nationwide at Walgreens, Walgreens.com, Amazon.com and leading pharmacy chains.